- the act of persistently instigating lawsuits, often groundless ones
- the sale and/or purchase of religious or political positions of power
- (Admiralty law) unlawful or fraudulent acts by the crew of a vessel, harming the vessel's owner.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bar"ra*try (&?;), n. [Cf. F.
baraterie, LL. barataria. See Barrator, and cf.
Bartery.] 1. (Law) The practice of
exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels. [Also spelt
barretry.] Coke. Blackstone.
2. (Mar. Law) A fraudulent breach of duty or
willful act of known illegality on the part of a master of a ship, in his
character of master, or of the mariners, to the injury of the owner of the
ship or cargo, and without his consent. It includes every breach of trust
committed with dishonest purpose, as by running away with the ship, sinking
or deserting her, etc., or by embezzling the cargo. Kent.
3. (Scots Law) The crime of a judge who is
influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment. Wharton.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bar`ratry, the offence of inciting and stirring up riots and
quarrels among the Queen's subjects, also a fraud by a ship captain on
the owners of a ship.
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